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Re: At The Movies

Postby Seguin on Tue Sep 13, 2016 5:21 am

For a docu-drama of an incident that is still fresh in people's minds, "Sully" still manages to hold its audience in suspense as the event
unfolds before their eyes. Water landings of an airliner and the subsequent outcome are not something people get a chance to see just everyday.


A real life event that should make for an exciting movie. We know how it ended, of course, but it´ll be interesting to see the landing on the river done in a movie. In these CGI times we live in it´ll probably look awesome.
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Re: At The Movies

Postby ConnieFromHaiti on Tue Sep 13, 2016 5:39 pm

Seguin wrote:
ConnieFromHaiti wrote:
Seguin wrote:A remake?


Doesn't look like it is. Here is the IMDb page for the 1966 Morgan! with David Warner. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060714/

And here is the IMDb page for the 2016 Morgan. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4520364/?ref_=ttmc_mc_tt

They seem to have totally different plots.


Right! Thanks, for checking it out.


No problem, Hans, it's kind of a knee jerk reaction for me to check things out. Must be the science major in me!
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Re: At The Movies

Postby RLC-GTT on Wed Sep 14, 2016 2:17 am

ConnieFromHaiti wrote:
Seguin wrote:Right! Thanks, for checking it out.


No problem, Hans, it's kind of a knee jerk reaction for me to check things out. Must be the science major in me!
Or an uncle who continually gets things wrong. ;)
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Re: At The Movies

Postby cc nolen on Wed Sep 14, 2016 3:40 pm

:shock: :shock: :shock: ..................... :lol:
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Re: At The Movies

Postby ConnieFromHaiti on Thu Sep 15, 2016 12:08 am

RLC-GTT wrote:
ConnieFromHaiti wrote:
Seguin wrote:Right! Thanks, for checking it out.


No problem, Hans, it's kind of a knee jerk reaction for me to check things out. Must be the science major in me!
Or an uncle who continually gets things wrong. ;)


Oh, if only you were the only one! I actually I check out most things that people send me via email and, sadly, things I read in the news... We need an emoji which heaves a deep sigh!
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Re: At The Movies

Postby NefariousNed on Sun Nov 20, 2016 6:03 pm

Has anyone seen Mel Gibson's new WWII movie "Hacksaw Ridge" yet? Some critics have been comparing it to his film "The Passion Of The Christ".
I guess they are inferring that it's bloody? Plan on going to see it this week with my brother John.
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Re: At The Movies

Postby TexianAtHeartII on Mon Nov 21, 2016 1:26 am

NefariousNed wrote:Has anyone seen Mel Gibson's new WWII movie "Hacksaw Ridge" yet? Some critics have been comparing it to his film "The Passion Of The Christ".
I guess they are inferring that it's bloody? Plan on going to see it this week with my brother John.


Haven't seen it yet, but a few reviews have said it was quite good. One said it was the best war movie since Saving Private Ryan. Also heard that much of the profanity was bleeped out by Gibson.
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Re: At The Movies

Postby NefariousNed on Tue Dec 13, 2016 6:04 am

Back from the "ELF" movie Christmas party at The Alamo Drafthouse. Attendees were given a number of props to be used during the movie, namely
scratch and sniff aroma cards (maple syrup, bubble gum, perfume, and mushrooms) a (non-edible) cotton ball, a bell for Santa's sleigh, balloon snow
ball for the snowball fight and bubbles for the shower song duet of "Baby, It's Cold Outside". Drink of the day was a candy cane shake comprised of
peppermint schnapps, crushed candy canes, and vanilla ice cream.

Before the moving screening, three contestants from the audience competed in a spaghetti topped with maple syrup, marshmallow and M&Ms eating
contest, followed by a soda guzzling and burping contest. Many in the the sold-out house crowd were dressed for the part and seemed to know all the
dialogue from the film. Everyone sang "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" at the appropriate moment in the film to help power Santa's sleigh back into
the night sky. All in all, a splendid time was had by all. (And to all, a good night.)
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Re: At The Movies

Postby Seguin on Wed Dec 14, 2016 5:27 am

Nice write up. All that was lacking was a freezer full of snowballs so that the event could end with a snowball fight. Fake snowballs made of (non-edible) cotton don´t hit hard enough. :S
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Re: At The Movies

Postby NefariousNed on Thu Dec 15, 2016 6:12 am

Back from the Alamo Drafthouse's screening of National Lampoon's "CHRISTMAS VACATION". Many in the sold out house dressed for the occasion, while those who didn't were given a tacky Christmas tie to wear. Glow sticks were provided to be waved whenever Clark Griswold got the Christmas lights to go on, and a pine scented car freshener was also provided them whenever the Griswold family Christmas tree was shown.

Before the screening, two volunteers from the audience took part in an egg nog guzzling contest. Both contestants finished the 16 ounce glass at about the same time. What a tummy-ache they must've had!
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Re: At The Movies

Postby Seguin on Sat Dec 17, 2016 9:18 am

I love that movie and all the other Griswold movies too!
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Re: At The Movies

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After seeing one disappointing movie this weekend ( "Live By Night", a Prohibition era gangster film starring Ben Afleck) I followed it with a very
good, uplifting film today, namely "Hidden Figures", the true story of three black female math whizzes who were instrumental in getting the first
US manned space ship into orbit around the earth in the early days of NASA. The women, Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughn
(Octavia Spencer), and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae'), face many roadblocks in segregated 1961 Virginia. The fact that they are women and black, to
boot, already places two strikes against them. But their determination and courage slowly move them forward in the space program under the guidance
of NASA chief Al Harrison (Kevin Costner). And, while they face triumph on certain levels, the fact that they are black keeps them from garnering any
immediate glory. Their focus however is in getting the job done, as well as proving that they are not only capable, but excel at what they do. The
three women, along with 30 other black females, acted as human computers before the coming of the IBM computer system. It is thanks in great measure
to all of them that John Glenn managed to orbit the earth three times and then return safely in splashdown. It's high time they were recognized for their
achievements beyond the doors of NASA. Nicely acted all around, "Hidden Figures" also accomplishes to show how the women excel at a time where racial
hate, inequty, and the Civil Rights moment are all just a way of life.

The nearly full auditorium of movie-goers clapped at the end and I'll bet you will too.

With a modest budget of 25 million, "Hidden Figures" has already taken in over 55 million at the box office.
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Re: At The Movies

Postby ConnieFromHaiti on Mon Jan 16, 2017 12:21 am

Good. My friend Cheryl saw Hidden Figures and loved it. It is not the type of film her husband normally likes, but she thinks he will this one and she plans to get it when it comes out on DVD. If I can get my act together, I'd like to see it before it leaves the theaters.

This subject was touched on from a different angle for a different mission in the TV series Timeless. So it is obviously a story whose time has come!
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Re: At The Movies

Postby ConnieFromHaiti on Tue Jan 17, 2017 3:47 am

Got my act together, invited a friend and went to see Hidden Figures this afternoon. Amazing film. Very well done. Moving. Inspiring. Somewhat angering. But over all a joyful, triumphant film. Go see it. The scene of John Glenn's orbiting of the earth is heart stopping, even though you know that he gets home ok!
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Re: At The Movies

Postby Fargo Fenwyck on Mon Mar 06, 2017 11:09 pm

Finally have a copy of "McIntosh and T.J." Roy Rogers' last movie and it was terrific. Too bad there was no follow up. Nice to see Dean Smith in it. I highly recommend this one from 1975.
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Re: At The Movies

Postby Fargo Fenwyck on Mon Mar 13, 2017 3:59 pm

"KONG Skull Island" Pretty good. Saw it Friday. Why the "F" word was used I don't understand. Otherwise, I enjoyed it for the type of film it is. Sequel city...O yes!
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Re: At The Movies

Postby NefariousNed on Mon Mar 13, 2017 9:42 pm

Fargo Fenwyck wrote:"KONG Skull Island" Pretty good. Saw it Friday. Why the "F" word was used I don't understand. Otherwise, I enjoyed it for the type of film it is. Sequel city...O yes!

I saw it too, Fargo. Also enjoyed it. It is set right after the Vietnam War. So how are they going to tie it in with the last Godzilla film that is set in present day? Next film is supposed to be "King Kong vs Godzilla", where Kong is on the side of Mankind.
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Re: At The Movies

Postby TexianAtHeartII on Tue Mar 14, 2017 1:30 am

NefariousNed wrote:
Fargo Fenwyck wrote:"KONG Skull Island" Pretty good. Saw it Friday. Why the "F" word was used I don't understand. Otherwise, I enjoyed it for the type of film it is. Sequel city...O yes!

I saw it too, Fargo. Also enjoyed it. It is set right after the Vietnam War. So how are they going to tie it in with the last Godzilla film that is set in present day? Next film is supposed to be "King Kong vs Godzilla", where Kong is on the side of Mankind.


They have several sequels in the works, Ned. The next one is actually another Godzilla movie and will also feature three other monsters, Rodan, Mothra, and Ghiddora. Then that will be followed by Godzilla vs Kong. And more to come with the other monsters I mentioned.
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Re: At The Movies

Postby Fargo Fenwyck on Mon Apr 03, 2017 3:12 pm

Watched "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" over the week-end. Had to watch it twice as I found it a little hard to
follow in spots. :? The fact I fell asleep in it :oops: twice and in the very same SPOT didn't help much. :roll: Watched that
part finally on a THIRD viewing and figured it all out. :D
HOWEVER!!!! that's not why I'm posting.... the lead actor Eddie Redmayne is a direct copy of Tommy Steele from "Half a Six-
Pence". I so believed this that I looked it up and they are NOT related :o Check them out.
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Re: At The Movies

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Back from watching "Going In Style" at the Alamo Drafthouse. The film is a lighthearted story about three aging friends and coworkers (Morgan Freeman,
Michael Caine, and Alan Arkin) who consider staging a robbery after their former employer cuts off their pension benefits. Nothing you haven't seen before,
but it was still nice just seeing these old veterans working together on a picture set against the New York skyline. Hearkened back to the 1980's film, "Tough
Guys" (Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas) about two aging robbers who want to do just one more heist before they die.

Look for appearances by Ann Margaret and Christopher Lloyd in "Going In Style".

FLASH: Just noticed how "Going In Style" is a remake of a 1979 film with Art Carney, George Burns and Lee Strassburg. Has anyone seen that version?
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Re: At The Movies

Postby SantaClaus on Sat May 06, 2017 2:28 pm

Yes, I saw the original. My recollection of that earlier film was that it wasn't about a robbery in retaliation for losing their jobs, but only about 3 old guys who were having trouble making ends meet on their Social Security, so they decided to pull off an armed robbery. Just as you describe this newer version, the fun was seeing the 3 old pros working together. Part of the comical aspect was that these 3 old guys were the most unlikely of characters to commit such a crime. There was a scene where they were sitting around a kitchen table with a pile of guns and ammunition they'd gotten hold of, and they were trying to figure out which bullets fit into which guns, because none of them had any experience with guns. It was a comedy/drama. It's been a long time since I've seen it.
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Re: At The Movies

Postby NefariousNed on Thu May 11, 2017 4:26 am

Back from "THE THREE AMIGOS" movie party at The Alamo Drafthouse in New Braunfels. There was Mexican food, Tequila, pistolas to fire in the air, maracas, a pinata breaking contest, plus a visit from El Guapo Himself! It was a plethora of fun!
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Re: At The Movies

Postby Seguin on Fri May 12, 2017 5:58 am

NefariousNed wrote:Back from "THE THREE AMIGOS" movie party at The Alamo Drafthouse in New Braunfels. There was Mexican food, Tequila, pistolas to fire in the air, maracas, a pinata breaking contest, plus a visit from El Guapo Himself! It was a plethora of fun!


You´re such a big fan of the movie I´ll appoint you The Fourth Amigo! :D (I love the movie too!)
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Re: At The Movies

Postby TexianAtHeartII on Sun May 14, 2017 1:28 am

Went with my youngest son and his son to see Guardians Of The Galaxy 2 yesterday. Thought it was nearly as good as the first movie. Plenty of action, laughs, great music from the 70's and 80's, and cameo's of a few surprise guests, and five, count them, 5 scenes during the running of the final credits. Plus, kind of a surprise plot twist involving Peter Quill's heritage. We enjoyed this very much and already, GOTG 3 is in the works.
And these characters will also be in Avengers: Infinity Wars. Next up from Marvel, Spiderman: Homecoming this summer, and Thor: Ragnorok in the fall. Not to mention that DC will be getting on board with Wonder Woman in just a couple of weeks and Justice League in the fall.
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Re: At The Movies

Postby NefariousNed on Sat Jun 03, 2017 10:23 pm

Doing a double-feature at The Alamo Drafthouse New Braunfels this evening. WONDER WOMAN, followed by PIRATES...DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES. That's a lot of popcorn!
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Re: At The Movies

Postby TexianAtHeartII on Sun Jun 04, 2017 1:00 am

NefariousNed wrote:Doing a double-feature at The Alamo Drafthouse New Braunfels this evening. WONDER WOMAN, followed by PIRATES...DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES. That's a lot of popcorn!


And two good movies. Saw Pirates last week, thought it was quite good and entertaining. By the way, there's a post credit scene that pretty much tells you the saga is not over. There will be a Pirates 6. And just got back from seeing Wonder Woman. Also thought it was quite good. Chris Pine is a good leading man, and Gal Gadot as Diana(Wonder Woman) is a pleasure to look at and she does quite well as the title character.
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Re: At The Movies

Postby NefariousNed on Sun Jun 04, 2017 7:21 am

Really enjoyed "Wonder Woman" earlier this evening with Gal Gadot in the title role. As good of
a super hero origin movie as one might hope for. Set during the waning months of World War I,
we find young Amazon princess Diana (Gadot) striving to find her purpose in a society of female
warriors. While she wants to train to be a warrior herself, her mother, Queen Hippolyta (Connie
Nielsen) tries to shield her from her mysterious past. Diana trains anyway on the sly under the
tutorage of Antiope (Robin Wright). When the Amazons' hidden society on the Island of
Themysira is invaded by German soldiers in search of shot down allied pilot Steve Trevor (Chris
Pine), Diana gets her first taste of the outside world. And when Trevor sets off to England to
deliver something that might well end the war, Diana goes with him in the naive hopes of stopping
Ares, the Greek god of war and, by doing so, stopping all hate in the world. (The cause of war.)
Diana and Steve Trevor are joined by a hand-picked team of outcasts: a used up Scottish sniper,
a Native American Indian (last of his tribe) and a French actor who cannot land a job due his
skin color. They end up on the front line of battle in France. While the team seem willing to work
together, Diana remains focused on her own personal goal of saving the world of man until she
happens up the innocent victims of the war, the civilians. It is then Diana realizes that helping
people on a personal level is sometimes more important than single-handedly attempting to change
the entire world. So we get to see the metamorphosical development of a sheltered island princess as
she begins to feel empathy towards those who may not be able to defend themselves. We see her
becoming Wonder Woman.

I won't go much into the antagonists in the movie: Ludendorf, the German general who would kill
the armistice to keep the war going and his closest ally Dr. Maru, a poison expert. And then, of course,
Ares the Greek god of War. I would just recommend that you go and see "WONDER WOMAN". You may
smile, you may tear up. I know you will cheer.
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Re: At The Movies

Postby TexianAtHeartII on Mon Jun 05, 2017 2:28 am

One thing I found out is that the actor playing Ludendorf, Danny Huston, is the son of actor/director, John Huston, grandson of Walter Huston and half brother to Angelica Huston. I had no idea till I looked him up. Seen him in movies before, just never knew of his famous lineage..
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Re: At The Movies

Postby Seguin on Thu Jun 08, 2017 1:07 pm

I stumbled over the script for the opening scene in "The Godfather". - "For justice we must go to Don Corleone." :D
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Re: At The Movies

Postby Fargo Fenwyck on Thu Jun 08, 2017 10:00 pm

Pirates stay afloat!!!! Pretty interesting storyline and some nice effects. I think they got at least one more possibly two if done right. no spoilers from me. Just enjoy.
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Re: At The Movies

Postby NefariousNed on Sat Jul 22, 2017 3:08 am

I just wrote a lengthy review of "Dunkirk" and was just about to hit "enter", when the screen blanked out and I lost everything.
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Re: At The Movies

Postby Rick on Sat Jul 22, 2017 3:41 am

NefariousNed wrote:I just wrote a lengthy review of "Dunkirk" and was just about to hit "enter", when the screen blanked out and I lost everything.

Ouch!

Thumbs up or thumbs down on the movie?
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Re: At The Movies

Postby NefariousNed on Sat Jul 22, 2017 3:44 am

Like the Alamo, the Titanic, or Pearl Harbor, every history-loving member of the forum should know the story of Dunkirk.
That being said, when I talk about the history surrounding the event, no one should take it as spoilers.

In May, 1940, troops of Belgium, France and the British Empire were surrounded at Dunkirk on the coast of France by the
might of Germany. Pushed to the sea and stranded along the beaches facing the English Channel, the troops could only grimly
await rescue, or total annihilation as the sound of German artillery fire drew ever nearer. Failed attempts at rescue by the
British Navy had only resulted in ships sunk by German aircraft and U-boats. Over on the British side of the Channel a call
went out for small craft (private yachts, sports boats, fishing boats etc.) to make across the Channel to help rescue the
stranded troops. Ultimately, 330,000 troops were rescued in what has come to be known as the "Miracle of Dunkirk".

While a film based on this true story should be large in scope and awesomeness, Christopher Nolan's "Dunkirk instead comes
across as rather low key and subdued. There is no one major character in the film. All the participants, like the original
historical characters, do their bit and then are never heard from again. Names also mean nothing, as everyone involved
sort of becomes an "every man". This is docu-drama in its truest form.

That being said, someone not well versed in the early days of WWII might find it hard to grasp the enormnity of what
went on and what is going on on the screen . The audience only learns in passing the reason the massive flotilla of
small boats is making it across the Channel. They learn it from the lips of one of the pilots of a rescue craft after
the craft has rescued a British soldier from the water. "Where did you comer from?" the soldier asks his rescuer. "The
call went out for all small craft to cross the Channel, " the rescuer replies. That's it. The audience never actually gets
to see how the massive flotilla gets formed by brave British civilians risking their lives and their fortunes. As to that
"massive flotilla" when it finally appears off shore of Dunkirk and the troops on the beach raise up a cheer, we see about 20
boats tops. Couldn't they have CGI-ed in the rest stretching as far as the eye can see? And as to the CGI used, it comes
across as rather fake and video-gamish. The overall effect is of a "Made For TV" movie, not a big screen epic. And
that's too bad. The story of Dunkirk deserves better, I think. Even when the troops finally make it back home, there is
a sense of failure and numbness. Whereas the audience should've exited the theater ennobled and even cheering , they
merely left silent and stunned.
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Re: At The Movies

Postby Rick on Sat Jul 22, 2017 4:11 am

Shucks. Another coulda/woulda/shoulda film.
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Re: At The Movies

Postby SantaClaus on Sat Jul 22, 2017 4:14 am

Just read your Dunkirk review, Ned. Thanks for saving me whatever the price of a movie ticket is these days. I thought this might be one to see, but your review has changed my mind. Such a great story, with so many reasons to be uplifting and positive. A movie about something so big and important should look big and feel important. What a waste. :(
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Re: At The Movies

Postby mrbassbone on Sat Jul 22, 2017 2:32 pm

SantaClaus wrote:Just read your Dunkirk review, Ned. Thanks for saving me whatever the price of a movie ticket is these days. I thought this might be one to see, but your review has changed my mind. Such a great story, with so many reasons to be uplifting and positive. A movie about something so big and important should look big and feel important. What a waste. :(


Sorry, Rich...But I disagree. Go see it. It is well worth it. I have only seen one negative review and that was from some ass who bitched that there were not enough women and people of color in it. Get real. It WILL hold your attention and the visuals are absolutely STUNNING!
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Re: At The Movies

Postby K Hale on Sat Jul 22, 2017 3:18 pm

mrbassbone wrote:
SantaClaus wrote:Just read your Dunkirk review, Ned. Thanks for saving me whatever the price of a movie ticket is these days. I thought this might be one to see, but your review has changed my mind. Such a great story, with so many reasons to be uplifting and positive. A movie about something so big and important should look big and feel important. What a waste. :(


Sorry, Rich...But I disagree. Go see it. It is well worth it. I have only seen one negative review and that was from some ass who bitched that there were not enough women and people of color in it. Get real. It WILL hold your attention and the visuals are absolutely STUNNING!

The review you refer to was not negative, it was glowingly positive.

The writer did not bitch about the lack of women and people of color, he predicted that others might.

The review -- not just one sentence quoted out of context to rile people up -- can be read in its entirety right here: https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/mov ... 482574001/
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Re: At The Movies

Postby SantaClaus on Sat Jul 22, 2017 3:19 pm

mrbassbone wrote:
SantaClaus wrote:Just read your Dunkirk review, Ned. Thanks for saving me whatever the price of a movie ticket is these days. I thought this might be one to see, but your review has changed my mind. Such a great story, with so many reasons to be uplifting and positive. A movie about something so big and important should look big and feel important. What a waste. :(


Sorry, Rich...But I disagree. Go see it. It is well worth it. I have only seen one negative review and that was from some ass who bitched that there were not enough women and people of color in it. Get real. It WILL hold your attention and the visuals are absolutely STUNNING!

I saw that review that you are referring to, and that's the real reason I am avoiding "Dunkirk". Not enough women and people of color, as that reviewer said. That's why I can't stand watching "Tora, Tora, Tora", either. That movie portrayed all the attackers as Japanese men. Not eclectic at all. Yes, I'm being sarcastic. :roll:
As far as this new movie, "Dunkirk", is concerned, I've considered your review vs Ned's review, and I've decided that I may or may not go. That's a definite "maybe".
I'm so indecisive about things, that if I had been at the Alamo when Travis drew his line, I would have stepped across and then stepped back and then stepped across again. By the next morning, I'd have been half way to the Red River. :lol:
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Re: At The Movies

Postby TexianAtHeartII on Sat Jul 22, 2017 11:50 pm

I went to see it yesterday, thought it was excellent.
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Re: At The Movies

Postby NefariousNed on Sat Jul 22, 2017 11:54 pm

TexianAtHeartII wrote:I went to see it yesterday, thought it was excellent.

And your reasoning would be?
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